by Jerry Vines

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A Glory Hallelujah Prayer (15 of 36)
Series: Ephesians
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 3:14-21

This is a marvelous prayer. It's what I call a glory hallelujah prayer. There are two great prayers in the book of Ephesians. The first prayer is in the first chapter and it is a prayer concerning knowledge. Verse 18 says, ''that you may know.'' He is praying for knowledge. He wants us to know who we are and what we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

This is the second great prayer of Paul in the 3rd chapter, verses 14 to the conclusion. This is a prayer that we may BE. ''That you may be able to comprehend'' (18). In fact, in verses 16, 17, and 19, he uses some form of the word be. Verses 16-''to be strengthened with might''. Verse 17-''ye being rooted and grounded in love.'' Verse 18-''may be able to comprehend.'' Verse 19- ''that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.''

We have here a prayer that we may BE. It is important to know what we have in the Lord. But it is also important that we understand who we are in the Lord and that we BE what we are to Be in the Lord.

First, I talked about the humility of prayer because in verses 14 and 15 he talks about bowing the knee and also about our family in heaven. There's the humility of his prayer. Then, in verses 16-19 he comes to the heart of the prayer. Then in verse 20-21 he comes to the hallelujah of the prayer. He closes out on hallelujah ground.

We were right in the middle of the heart of the prayer and I pointed out to you that the word ''that'' occurs four times in the King James text. These four times the word ''that'' occurs are really like footsteps that lead us into an understanding of who we are in the Lord and becoming by the power of God what we are. Look at the four aspects of this prayer. Verse 16- ''that we would be strengthened with might by his Spirit.'' That's a prayer for enablement. Verse 17- ''that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.'' That's a prayer for enthronement. ''That you ...

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